Four days ago, the tragic loss of life during the shocking stabbing attacks in Saskatchewan was captured only by a two-digit number.
On Wednesday, police named all 10 of those killed during Sunday’s rampage. They include a 23-year-old, a first responder, and an expectant father who had nothing but opportunities in life.
The police list of the deceased didn’t include the name of Damien Sanderson, who police were initially seeking in connection with the attacks along with his 32-year-old brother, Myles Sanderson, who was taken into custody at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Damien’s body was discovered in high grass near one of 13 crime scenes being examined by police on Monday, raising the total number of dead to 11. There were 18 people injured during the attack as well.
Bonnie Goodvoice-Burns, 48
Goodvoice-Burns was remembered by her brother, Mark Arcand, during an emotional press conference in Saskatoon as “a hero” and someone who “always put other people before her.”
He remembered Bonnie and her husband, Brian “Buggy” Burns, as having a home filled with love and laughter. Arcand called his sister “a true matriarch” who looked after people.
She was killed at the house where her boys were, alongside her 28-year-old son and a crisis response worker from the community who came to help, he said.
“She was protecting these three little boys. This is why she’s a hero,” Arcand said, fighting back tears at times during the Wednesday press conference.
Greg “Jonesy” Burns, 28
The son of Brian, Greg Burns was a father of two, and was expecting a third child when he died on Sunday, said Arcand.
Arcand had to pause when, during the Wednesday press conference, he referred to Greg instead of his moniker “Jonesy.”
“This is how it is in our country,” he said. “It’s all about relationships. It’s all about family. It’s all about nicknames. It’s all about laughter.”
Arcand described the 28-year-old as a young man that helped build houses in the community, who took care of his family, and who had nothing but opportunities ahead before he was killed.
“He was fully employable, he had lots of tickets and opportunities,” said Arcand. “He was a great kid.”
Lydia Gloria Burns, 61
Brian Burns told the Star that Gloria Burns was his cousin. She was a first responder that went out to a crisis call during the attacks on Sunday; it ultimately cost her life. Her body was found near other victims.
Gloria Burns had been an addictions counsellor at the James Smith Cree Nation for around two decades, her brothers told local media.
“She was a helper by nature, she was humourous and held a loud infectious laugh. She will be greatly missed,” a friend wrote on Facebook.
She had four adopted sons who were her nephews before their own mother died.
Lana Head, 49
One day before the attack, Lana Head wrote on her Facebook page, “So many good memories to cherish.” In late August, she posted a photo of her dog Daisy taking a nap.
Friends and family took to social media to share memories of Head, to tell her goodbye and say that they missed her.
“I’m already missing her voice. She was a sweet gentle soul, she wouldn’t hurt a fly. She was my go to person when I wanted to talk,” wrote a friend wrote in a Facebook post.
“I will miss our chats and seeing your chipmunk cheek smile,” another wrote.
Lana Head was a security guard at a casino, according to CBC News, and was also a mother of two. Reuters reported that her partner was also killed in the attack.
Christian Head, 54
They called Christian Head “Chicken,” in keeping with the custom on the James Smith Cree Nation of giving nicknames to all.
An acquaintance wrote after Head’s death was announced that he would remember him as “that old young guy.” Perhaps that was because the 54-year-old was a sports enthusiast, president of his community’s sports committee and dressed frequently in hockey jerseys or in a big white Stetson hat and cowboy boots.
Head was also an honorary member of the Freedom Riders’ ATV club, which operates out of Big Island Lake in northwest Saskatchewan. The club’s uniform was an orange shirt drawing attention to the well-being of Indigenous children, and takes pride in being “the sober team,” according to the Freedom Riders’ Facebook page.
“He rode with us every time we went east of here,” wrote George Sandfly, a club member.
Robert Sanderson, 49
Robert Sanderson was killed, while his son was injured in the attacks, according to Sanderson’s daughter, Denise Genereaux.
“My heart is shattered,” she wrote on Facebook.
Friends recalled that Sanderson, who also lived in Prince Albert, Sask., worked as a chef and had been a regular at the pool hall. In July, he posted to his Facebook page a letter of acceptance for CDI College, which offers career training.
“Finally,” he wrote, “some good news.”
Sanderson had been suffering from health problems, related to his liver, one friend noted, and Sanderson posted numerous photos to his social media account of hospital waiting rooms.
In response to his daughter’s posting about her father, Genereaux was flooded with messages of support, including one that reminded her that her father was “an amazing person.”
Wesley Petterson, 78
Wesley Petterson was remembered by June Carrier as “a really dear friend” and a good person. He had some health issues, but still found time to serve coffee to local residents in the small village, she said.
When he was killed, his adult grandson was living in the house with him. Carrier told the Star he had a son living in Saskatoon as well. Another Weldon resident, Robert Rush, said Petterson “wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
Earl Burns, 66
Earl Burns was a veteran who had served with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
On his Facebook page, he described himself as a cowboy, rancher, bricklayer and bus driver.
A local news outlet, paNOW, reported that his sister called him “a true hero.” The outlet also said Earl Burns’s wife was injured during the attack and in intensive care.
“He fought til the death to protect his family,” his sister said.
Court documents released Wednesday show Sanderson attacked Earl and Joyce Burns in Prince Albert on Jan. 15, 2015, when he was 24 years old, The Canadian Press reported. He was handed a sentence of two years less a day at a provincial jail.
The documents say he had repeatedly stabbed Earl Burns with a knife, and wounded Joyce Burns. The court records, from Melfort and Prince Albert courthouses, show Sanderson has a history of terrorizing residents of James Smith Cree Nation, with his jail sentences getting lengthier as he aged. Other offences include assaulting his former partner and mother of his children. In 2015, he was given a six-month sentence.
Thomas Burns, 23
Thomas Burns was the youngest person killed in the mass stabbing.
Carol Burns, 46
Carol Burns, 46, was also identified as a victim. Police have said they would not identify or confirm the relationships of those killed.
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